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The world’s nations met at Marrakech to map out implementation of the Paris Agreement. Photo: Center for International Forestry Research/Grace Wong

The implications of international agreements on the ten countries that make up the Association of Southeast Asian Nations and their extensive forests was explained at an Experts Dialogue in Indonesia

Read more: From Paris to Marrakech: forests, climate change and REDD+ in Southeast Asia

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 “Is climate-smart agriculture [CSA] an oxymoron?”, Lisa Schipper, a researcher, questioned in regard to a new farming concept outlined in the 5th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum in Sri Lanka recently.

The concept of CSA was invented by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) in 2010 to sustainably increase productivity, resilience (adaptation), reduce/remove greenhouse gases (mitigation) and enhance national food security and development goals.

Read more: Climate-smart agriculture not an oxymoron

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The world’s largest conservation congress kicks-off today in Hawai’i and the Pacific Community has joined over 8,000 global leaders and decision-makers from government, civil society, indigenous groups, business and academia, to garner support for stronger action towards a imagesustainable future.

The Pacific Community Director-General, Dr Colin Tukuitonga, is attending the Pacific Ocean Summit at the start of the IUCN Congress and will moderate a session on Action on Climate Change – reducing emissions, increasing renewable energy, which will include addresses from the President of the Republic of Marshall Islands,  Dr Hilda Heine, the Prime Minister of Tuvalu, Enele Sopoaga and the Kingdom of Tonga’s Deputy Prime Minister, Siaosi Sovaleni.

The Summit provides an opportunity to launch the 2030 Ocean Partnership for action on the world’s largest ocean with an aim to make commitments for action on climate change as well as renewable energy and for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal (14) on Oceans.

“We’re at a critical juncture in terms of the global response to climate change. Pacific Island countries and territories have committed to bold initiatives in terms of enhancing renewable energy production, adapting to climate change and strengthening the resilience of ecosystems,” Dr Tukuitonga said.

Read more: Pacific Community highlights climate change, resilience and sustainable fisheries at World...

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